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First time ever: A humanitarian initiative by an Agent, to mitigate suffering of students affected by closure of 3 DLI licensed Canadian colleges

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  • Updated On:Sep 15,2022 11:23 AM IST

First time ever: A humanitarian initiative  through Financial Assistance by an Agent, to mitigate the suffering  of  students affected by closure of 3 DLI licensed colleges in Canada

Background: Students from India had applied and paid a full year's tuition fee to study in three DLI licensed colleges: M College Montreal, CDE College in Sherbrooke and CCSQ College in Longueuil, Canada. Also, students from India were regularly being issued a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) and study permit from the Canadian immigration authorities to pursue their higher education at the above three colleges. There was no information to the public at large or to stakeholders such as international students, authorised agents etc that there was anything amiss with their audit reports or they were impending closure.

Tragic consequence for students and their families: Hundreds of students whose applications were withdrawn/refused visas for these three colleges and who, as per the Canadian law, are authorized. to be refunded their tuition fees paid for services not rendered, were left high and dry over the past two years of endless waiting: 

  •  with their further education having been affected due to the sudden closure of these institutions
  • anxiety & depression shattering their dreams , aspirations and confidence. 
  • their parents being mentally and financially harassed  

 Most of these students, from a middle class financial background, were seeking skill based Canadian education in the hope of better employability in the future and did not expect to be thrown into such a financial crisis and for such a long period. 

Canam too was a victim: Canam Consultants Limited has not received any financial benefit from the said colleges for the fees paid by these students and with the added misery of no clarity on the fee refund dates, having to console students and their aggreived parents with nothing concrete for almost 2 years was sheer torture.

Top Management at Canam reached out to various organisations about this unfortunate unique situation at the said DLI licensed institutions (alongwith the complete lists of our students who were sadly affected financially and emotionally) seeking their help to expedite the reimbursement of the tuition fees paid by our students: 

His Excellency Mr. Ajay Bisaria, High Commissioner of India to Canada

Ministry of External affairs- commerce section, India

His Excellency, Mr Shuban Krishen, Consul (Com/Pol) & CSO Consulate General of India,Toronto  

Mr.Rohit Uppal, Vice President, Bestway Education Group, Canada

Member of Parliament, Canada - Mr.Sukh Dhaliwal

RPI Group Richter - Court appointed Monitor

Owners AND Management of the Three Quebec Colleges

McCarthy - Student Representative Counsel

Ministry of Higher Education, Government of Quebec

High Commission of Canada in India 

Most of them wrote back to us that they were fully apprised of the situation and were trying to resolve the situation in their own domains. But it had been almost two years and it was becoming impossible to deal with the plight of the students and their parents any more. 

Canam, being an Indian company, could empathise with Indian students and parents who were suffering financially and emotionally. We could not ONLY keep giving words of sympathy but had to take the first BOLD step:

 So, first time within the  International Education industry across the globe,